Thursday, December 20

Dystopian Wars - First Game

Tonight my mate Shane and I brought out our starter fleets for our first game of Dystopian Wars.  Shane, like me, only just recently painted his first models for the game and he'd done a great job on his Empire of the Burning Sun naval battle group.  We didn't manage to get a full game in but we played enough to realise that a) the game is awesome and b) we're going to have to play this game a lot more... which is handy as I've done some toy trading with the other guys at the Bunker and managed to become the proud owner of another Prussian naval battle group, a dreadnought, more cruisers and some destroyers.  I've also ordered an armoured battle group and both the waterlined and normal versions of the Mertzger robot.  2013 is going to have a very Spartan feel to it, I'm sure...

Anyway - here's some pics from the game...

Table setup with scenery
Deployment complete
EOBS Frigates
EOBS Battleship
EOBS Cruisers
Prussian Cruisers and Frigates
Prussian Battleship and Tiny Flyers
Prussian Bombers and Frigates
Prussian Tiny Flyers
EOBS Frigates moving into position
Ready broadsides!
In formation
Mid game

Tuesday, December 11

Blood and Iron

Here's a sneak preview of a WIP - my battleship for my Prussian Empire force for Dystopian Wars.  I have an intro game scheduled for the 19th December so I need to get the rest of the naval battle group painted for then.  Full steam ahead!

* edit *

I had time tonight to get the Cruisers ready for duty so here they are...

The reason these are works in process is because I have some very, very small decals that I want to apply to these models and I want to paint the windows too.  I have just over a week to get these models ready for use though so I will get the basic paintjobs done and will return to them to get the extras done.

* edit II *

The Frigates are done - might as well post them up here too now...

* edit III *

The Geier class bombers are painted - I just need to get decals on them to finish them off.  I magnetised them to make them easier to store.  If you want to try it for yourself, the socket in the aircraft is deep enough to take three 3mm x 1mm magnets - put on one top of the stand and there's a strong enough bond to hold the aircraft on the stand fairly securely.

*edit IV *

The last thing in the naval battle group that needed painting was the tiny flyers.  These are now done!

These are now ready to game with although I am going to finish them off with decals once I get a chance.  I've also bought a couple of extra blisters to add to it - a Rhine class fleet carrier and some Jager class small airships.  So - more painting to do.  I must say, I'm looking forward to playing this game now so I'll try to take some pictures on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 6

Firestorm Armada - Aquans vs Dindrenzi

I had a game of Firestorm Armada tonight with my Aquans taking on my friend Alister's Dindrenzi.  We were playing a 700 point game so I thought I'd try out my Carrier as I've not played a game with wings before.  I've not played Firestorm for months and it was my first game using the latest Master rulebook so it took a while getting on with the little changes from the old version.  So - what with all the new rules and using stuff I've not before meant we took things slowly and just aimed to have fun and throw some dice while we were learning how to play again.

I'd like to say that it was a close battle, filled with tactical advances, clever ploys and gambits and with the game result resting on a knife-edge until the final turn.  It would be a complete lie though!  I got totally thrashed.  My Aquans suffered damage from the long range guns of the Dindrenzi and by the time they got close enough to start shooting themselves, they had suffered too much to do anything other than scratch the paint of their enemies.  Oh well.  It was good fun and I'm keen to try playing again soon so I can get a better understanding of the rules.

Here's some pics of the game to finish off!

My Dindrenzi dice
Dindrenzi set up for the battle
My Aquans
My fleet of Frigates
Alister's Dindrenzi Frigates
My Triton Carrier
Two wings of Bombers
The huge Dindrenzi Battleship
Aquans Storm Class Cruisers
Tsunami and Storm Class Cruisers
Aquan Battleship
Alister's Cruisers
HotzMat Space Mat
My Tsunami Cruiser taking lots of damage
The Battleship closing in
Uh - oh...
Not much left of my force at the end...

Wednesday, November 28

VASA vs Triad - First Game

Rid and I had our first Urban War game at the club tonight, him using his Triad force and me with my VASA.  We stuck with the rosters that were listed on the faction sheets that come in the 2nd edition box sets which gave us around 170 points each to battle with.  The box sets are superb - as well as the models themselves, you get a quick start rule book, the faction sheet for your specific force plus a couple of D10.  You really do get absolutely everything you need to get playing with them.

Here's our forces ready for action:

My VASA force
Rid's Triad force
We cobbled together some scenery from the Bunker's terrain pile.  It wasn't perhaps the most dense or themed scenery but it was enough for us to get to grips with the rules.

In position...
We played a basic scenario where we fought until one of us had lost over half their strike force - so once someone lost four models they would need to take command checks to see if the whole squad bugged out.

The main difference between Urban War and other skirmish games is that you have to decide what you want each model to do and mark them with hidden tokens to denote whether you want them to move, shoot or assault or if you want them to remain still and sit on overwatch, ready to intercept enemy models by interrupting their action.  As the game progressed, we both came to understand how important these decisions could be.  I had positioned my sniper into a ruin and left him on overwatch and he soon picked off a Retainer and Rid's Kabuki as she charged towards my Archangel.  I didn't have it all my own way though - Rid got his Sumo Bodyguard to charge one of my Suppressors and made short work of him and following through to attack my Suppressor Sgt.  They traded blows but, thankfully for me, she managed to hold out against the giant warrior.  Another of my Suppressors charged into the Sumo to help but was outmatched by him totally.  I was beginning to think that the Bodyguard would take our my whole force on his own but my Sgt managed to take him out of the game.  Only seconds later, she herself was shot dead by one of Rid's lurking Retainers.  After this, the final battle turned towards my Archangel who'd found herself in close combat with the Triad Boss - not something that would be recommended as she's not a good close combat model.  Amazingly, the Triad Boss failed to hurt her and she killed him with her return strike.  Rid was down to just three models now so needed to take a command check - which he duly failed.  So the VASA were victorious in their first battle but the main thing was that Rid and I enjoyed ourselves immensely playing Urban War.  It's a very tactical game but it's still quick to play and just plain good fun.

We're going to schedule another game soon but, in the meantime, I'm going to get cracking with my Prussian fleet for Dystopian Wars.  I have a game of that scheduled for after the club's AGM on the 19th December so I need to have my fleet painted before then.

Tuesday, November 27

The War For Iskandria

I've made good progress on my VASA Strike Force for Urban War - I've managed to build and paint the Strike Force starter set plus an additional Archangel Sgt.

I think it was the Archangel models that sold this faction to me - they reminded me of the Seraphim from the Sisters of Battle from 40K.  I also really liked the look of the Suppressors with their Soviet style helmets, battle shields and clubs.  I've bought a lot extra models of both to expand my army of them but I'll need to beef them up with some hard hitters like some Black Legion or Red Guard.  There is a great looking battlesuit for the VASA too - a KV72 Starfire.  I'm sure I'll be getting one of these before too long...

My mate Rid has joined in with playing Urban War along with me - he's got a Triad force suited, booted and ready for action so we'll be taking the war to Iskandria tomorrow at the Chelmsford Bunker.  I'll take some pictures of the action but, in the meantime, here's some pictures of the VASA.

Archangel Sgt
Archangel Sgt rear
Suppressors with Gauss Rifles
Suppressors with Stun Baton and Battleshield
Suppressor Sniper
VASA Strike Force
VASA Strike Force with Archangel Sgt